Part 2: Background

Concern About Cost

1.  How concerned are you about paying for your undergraduate education NEXT YEAR? (Next year is defined as Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.)

Not at all concerned 138 10%
Unconcerned 158 11%
Somewhat unconcerned 225 16%
Somewhat concerned 337 24%
Concerned 285 20%
Very concerned 285 20%

2.  Which of the following expenses have you done in the past year or do you plan to do this year to meet anticipated college expenses?

Applied for financial aid 965
67%
Asked financial aid office to reevaluate my application 190
13%
Plan to buy fewer books than listed as required, to buy cheaper used books, to read books on reserve 889
61%
Will take more courses per term to complete on-time or early 428
30%
Will take fewer courses so I can work for pay 73
5%
Will accept AP or similar credit instead of taking the course 743
51%
Will take or have taken a community college course because community college courses are cheaper 256
18%
Will take or have taken an online course because online courses are cheaper 69
5%
Worked for pay to save for college 446
31%
Plan to work for pay at least my first year 382
26%
Requested a triple to save money 371
26%
Will live at home to reduce expeneses 47
3%
Don't expect cost to be a significant problem 272
19%
Other 72
5%

Please Specify (N=80) 

3a.  Have you heard about the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which ensures that scholarships and grants will cover fees for U.S. students from families making less than $80,000 a year, with financial need?

Yes 598 42%
No 826 58%

3b.  Have you heard about the Berkeley Middle Class Access Plan (MCAP), a new financial aid program available to families in the $80,000 - $140,000 annual income range?

Yes 477 34%
No 948 67%

3c.  To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: Given the grants and scholarships, if any, that you receive, the total cost of attending UC Berkeley is manageable.

Strongly disagree 115 8%
Disagree 145 10%
Somewhat disagree 235 17%
Somewhat agree 464 33%
Agree 346 24%
Strongly agree 120 8%

3d.  Since you have come to UC Berkeley, have you encountered a situation where lack of financial resources kept you from having basic student necessities (housing, food, books, healthcare, etc)?

Yes 196 14%
No 1225 86%

Please elaborate (N=172) 

4.  Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about the impact of the cost to attend on your educational experience at Cal? 

(N=642)  [Contact OPA for more information] 

5.  When did you come to the United States to live?

I was born in the U.S. 929 66%
1993 or earlier 3 0%
1994 6 0%
1995 36 3%
1996 17 1%
1997 21 2%
1998 22 2%
1999 26 2%
2000 29 2%
2001 20 1%
2002 15 1%
2003 18 1%
2004 11 1%
2005 15 1%
2006 12 1%
2007 11 1%
2008 14 1%
2009 15 1%
2010 15 1%
2011 5 0%
2012 or later 165 12%

6.  When did you learn to speak English?

English is my native language 750 53%
Before I was 5 years old 304 22%
When I was 5 years old 134 10%
When I was 6 to 10 years old 163 12%
When I was 11 to 15 years old 62 4%
After turning 16 years old 2 0%

7.  To the best of your knowledge, where were these relatives born?

 In the U.S.Outside the U.S.
My mother 420 993
30% 70%
My father 438 971
31% 69%
My mother's mother 333 1075
24% 76%
My father's mother 356 1051
25% 75%
My mother's father 334 1075
24% 76%
My father's father 360 1046
26% 74%

7a.  What is the highest level of education reached by your mother? (seen only by those who indicated Mother was born in U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 2 1%
Less than high school diploma 13 3%
High school diploma 67 16%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 29 7%
Bachelor's degree 157 38%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 10 2%
Master's degree 87 21%
Professional degree 26 6%
Doctorate 28 7%

7a.  What is the highest level of education reached by your mother in the U.S.? (seen only by those who indicated Mother was born Outside the U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 110 22%
Less than high school diploma 20 4%
High school diploma or equivalent 49 10%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 50 10%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent 83 17%
Post-baccalaureate certificate or equivalent 5 1%
Master's degree or equivalent 125 25%
Professional degree or equivalent 21 4%
Doctorate or equivalent 37 7%

7a. What is the highest level of education reached by your mother outside the U.S.? (seen only by those who indicated Mother was born Outside the U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 24 3%
Less than high school diploma 147 18%
High school diploma 164 20%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 48 6%
Bachelor's degree 315 38%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 8 1%
Master's degree 75 9%
Professional degree 21 3%
Doctorate 31 4%

7b.  What is the highest level of education reached by your father? (seen only by those who indicated Father was born in U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 5 1%
Less than high school diploma 13 3%
High school diploma 66 15%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 24 6%
Bachelor's degree 123 29%
Post-baccalaureate certificate 5 1%
Master's degree 97 23%
Professional degree 45 11%
Doctorate 52 12%

7b.  What is the highest level of education reached by your father in the U.S.? (seen only by those who indicated Father was born Outside the U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 100 20%
Less than high school diploma or equivalent 26 5%
High school diploma or equivalent 35 7%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 36 7%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent 64 13%
Post-baccalaureate certificate or equivalent 4 1%
Master's degree or equivalent 124 24%
Professional degree or equivalent 24 5%
Doctorate or equivalent 101 20%

7b.What is the highest level of education reached by your father outside the U.S.? (seen only by those who indicated Father was born Outside the U.S.)

None (did not receive formal education) 36 4%
Less than high school diploma or equivalent 125 15%
High school diploma or equivalent 136 17%
Associate's or postsecondary certificate 39 5%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent 279 34%
Post-baccalaureate certificate or equivalent 6 1%
Master's degree or equivalent 112 14%
Professional degree or equivalent 27 3%
Doctorate or equivalent 53 7%

8.  To the best of your knowledge, how many of your grandparents went to college?

I don't know 329 23%
None 549 39%
One 157 11%
Two 187 13%
Three 99 7%
Four 93 7%

9.  Which of the following best describes your social class when you were growing up?

Wealthy 36 3%
Upper-middle or professional-middle 423 30%
Middle-class 518 37%
Working-class 228 16%
Low-income or poor 209 15%

10.  Are you a financially independent student? Some students have no contact with their parents, and therefore cannot use their tax information for filing the FAFSA. If you find yourself in this situation and have been formally declared an independent student, then please answer yes.

Yes 48 3%
No 1361 97%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes the total annual combined income of your parent(s) before taxes in 2012? (seen by those who respond “No” to above financially independent item)

Less than $10,000 60 5%
$10,000 to $19,999 112 9%
$20,000 to $34,999 134 11%
$35,000 to $49,999 74 6%
$50,000 to $64,999 82 7%
$65,000 to $79,999 105 8%
$80,000 to $99,999 109 9%
$100,000 to $124,999 153 12%
$125,000 to $149,999 108 9%
$150,000 to $199,999 123 10%
$200,000 or more 199 16%

11.  To the best of your knowledge, which category includes your household's total annual combined income before taxes in 2012? (seen by those who respond “Yes” to above financially independent item)

Less than $10,000 14 30%
$10,000 to $19,999 7 15%
$20,000 to $34,999 11 23%
$35,000 to $49,999 4 9%
$50,000 to $64,999 3 6%
$65,000 to $79,999 2 4%
$80,000 to $99,999 3 6%
$100,000 to $124,999 1 2%
$125,000 to $149,999 0 0%
$150,000 to $199,999 0 0%
$200,000 or more 2 4%

12.  What is your religious/spiritual preference?

Spiritual but not associated with a major religion 105 8%
Not particularly spiritual 190 14%
No preference 175 13%
Agnostic 149 11%
Atheist 138 10%
Baptist 31 2%
Buddhist 59 4%
Christian Church (Disciples) 72 5%
Eastern Orthodox 7 1%
Episcopalian 8 1%
Hindu 33 2%
Jewish 39 3%
Lutheran 6 0%
Methodist 8 1%
Mormon 3 0%
Muslim 25 2%
Presbyterian 38 3%
Quaker 3 0%
Roman Catholic 156 12%
Seventh Day Adventist 7 1%
Sikh 7 1%
Taoist 3 0%
Unitarian/Universalist 4 0%
United Church of Christ/Congregational 3 0%
Other Christian 78 6%
Other Religion 14 1%

13.  What is your sexual orientation?

Bisexual 37 3%
Gay/Lesbian 37 3%
Heterosexual 1180 85%
Questioning/Unsure 30 2%
Self-identified Queer 5 0%
Decline to state 61 4%
Other 32 2%

Please specify: (N=32) 

14.  With which gender do you identify?

Woman 757 54%
Man 631 45%
Decline to state 9 1%
Other 5 0%

Please specify: (N=4) 

14a. Do you identify as transgender?

Yes 5 0%
No 1373 100%

15.  How would you characterize your political orientation?

Very liberal 95 7%
Liberal 412 30%
Slightly liberal 295 21%
Moderate or middle of the road 391 28%
Slightly conservative 103 8%
Conservative 69 5%
Very conservative 13 1%

16.  Do you have a roomate who differs from you in the following ways?

 YesNoI don't know
Gender 8 1359 31
1% 97% 2%
Sexual orientation 95 1087 214
7% 78% 15%
Race/ethnicity 972 401 25
70% 29% 2%
Social or economic class 563 355 479
40% 25% 34%
Immigrant or recent immigrant status 435 707 252
31% 51% 18%
Political party affiliation 186 362 848
13% 26% 61%
Religious preference 660 283 455
47% 20% 33%

21.  Where will you be living this term?

Clark Kerr Campus 171 12%
Foothill 194 14%
Bowles 54 4%
Stern 49 4%
Unit 1 293 21%
Unit 2 (excluding Wada Apartments) 273 19%
Unit 3 (including Beverly Cleary Hall) 261 19%
Channing-Bowditch Apartments 0 0%
Martnez Commons 0 0%
University Village Albany (family housing) 2 0%
Wada Apartments 0 0%
Living with family 6 0%
Sorority or fraternity 1 0%
Co-op Housing 3 0%
Living off-campus in a house or apartment 85 6%
Other 13 1%

Please specify: (N=13) 

22.  How far from campus do you live?

On campus or less than 1 mile 1155 83%
1 mile to 2 miles 179 13%
3 miles to 10 miles 28 2%
11 to 20 miles 12 1%
21 miles or more 14 1%

23.  With whom do you live?

No one. I live alone 21 2%
I share an apartment or dorm room with at least one other Cal student 1278 92%
I share an apartment with peers who are not Cal students 10 1%
I live with my spouse or domestic partner (with or without others) 2 0%
I live with at least one parent 25 2%
Other 48 4%

Please specify: (N=43)

23a.  What is the composition of your residence hall or household while attending Berkeley this term?

 0 (Zero)12345 or
more
College students or other adults (count yourself as 1) 12 39 133 247 79 869
1% 3% 10% 18% 6% 63%
Teenagers 13-17 512 76 36 22 23 92
67% 10% 5% 3% 3% 12%
Children 6-12 689 16 5 3 0 3
96% 2% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Children 5 and younger 691 11 4 2 1 4
97% 2% 1% 0% 0% 1%

23b.  Please indicate whether or not you are a Theme Program resident and, if so, which program you are a part of (choose one):

I am not a Theme Program resident 1096 94%
African American Theme Program (AATP) 18 2%
Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) 10 1%
Casa Magdalena Mora (CASA) 8 1%
Global Environment Theme Program (GETH) 9 1%
Native American Theme Program 3 0%
Unity House 7 1%
Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) 18 2%

24.  During your first year at Berkeley, how often do you expect each of the following to be obstacles to your school work or academic success?

 Not at allRarelyOccasionallyFrequentlyAll the time
Competing job responsibilities (i.e., paid employment) 522 293 346 175 39
38% 21% 25% 13% 3%
Competing family responsibilities 447 464 341 90 33
33% 34% 25% 7% 2%
Other competing responsibilities (e.g., athletics, clubs, internship) 164 238 565 340 69
12% 17% 41% 25% 5%
Weak spoken English skills 996 206 116 43 19
72% 15% 8% 3% 1%
Weak writing skills 644 324 273 101 36
47% 24% 20% 7% 3%
Weak math skills 600 366 270 102 42
44% 27% 20% 7% 3%
Inadequate study skills (e.g., knowing how to start, knowing how to get help, organizing material) 365 402 429 132 50
27% 29% 31% 10% 4%
Poor study behaviors (e.g., wait till last minute, easily distracted, too much social time, too much web surfing) 239 333 500 226 81
17% 24% 36% 16% 6%
Bad study environment (e.g., noisy roommate, poor Internet access, inadequate computer or software) 289 449 465 135 41
21% 33% 34% 10% 3%
Poor library research skills 347 469 423 104 33
25% 34% 31% 8% 2%
Feeling depressed, stressed, or upset 274 403 451 181 73
20% 29% 33% 13% 5%
Physical illness or condition 424 621 263 47 16
31% 45% 19% 3% 1%

25.  In general, I consider myself:

1 (not a very happy person) 11 1%
2 48 4%
3 74 5%
4 178 13%
5 425 31%
6 480 35%
7 (a very happy person) 171 12%

26.  In the past 3 months, compared to most of my peers, I consider myself:

1 (less happy) 45 3%
2 77 6%
3 137 10%
4 271 20%
5 377 27%
6 306 22%
7 (more happy) 172 12%

27.  Whom can you really count on to help you feel better when you are feeling upset?

parents, guardians 952
67%
friends nearby 1152
82%
teachers, coaches 207
15%
siblings 588
42%
online friends 312
22%
clergy 50
4%
other family 198
14%
counselors, therapists 91
6%
UCB student services support staff (counselor, advisor, etc.) 99
7%
other 121
9%

Please specify: (N=128) 

28.  In general, how satisfied are you with how available these people are to you?

Very dissatisfied 76 6%
Fairly dissatisfied 77 6%
A little dissatisfied 120 9%
A little satisfied 132 10%
Fairly satisfied 599 44%
Very satisfied 368 27%

29.  Overall, how satisfied are you with the support that you have?

Very dissatisfied 67 5%
Fairly dissatisfied 74 5%
A little dissatisfied 90 7%
A little satisfied 141 10%
Fairly satisfied 562 41%
Very satisfied 440 32%

30.  Do you know that all Berkeley students are eligible for up to 5 free counseling visits at Tang Center-University Health Services regardless of whether they have Berkeley SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan)?

Yes 810 59%
No 572 41%

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